Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dainius Zubrus
At age eleven Dainius moved to Kharkov, Ukraine to play hockey and became good friends with Dmitri Yakushin. The two friends would later find themselves teammates while playing junior hockey in Canada. The Canadian hockey scene was not an entirely new experience for Zubrus when he joined the Pembroke Lumber Kings in 1995 as he had been to Canada three years earlier to play in the 1992 Quebec International Pee Wee tournament.

Zubrus was drafted 15th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers and he made his NHL debut on October 5, 1996, scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers. In his rookie season he proved that he could not be intimidated by the opposition and even earned some playing time on the Flyers big line with Eric Lindros and John LeClair, and helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup final only to lose in four straight games against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Flyers traded him to the Montreal Canadiens on March 10, 1999, with a pair of draft picks, for Mark Recchi. While in Montreal he took steps to improve his all-around game and had his best season, statistically speaking, in 1999-00. He registered his first career hat-trick on October 14, 2000, against the Chicago Blackhawks, but was traded by the Canadiens to the Washington Capitals on March 13, 2001, and finished the year 16 points off his previous best total.

The talented forward established a career high 43 points in 2001-02 and continued his strong play the following year despite being limited to a mere 63 games. In 2003-04 Zubrus reached the 500-games played plateau and was named to Team Russia for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

In 2005-06, Zubrus tallied a new career high 57 points in his 71 games the Capitals. The following season Zubrus would continue his assault offensively on the league alongside sophomore sensation Alexander Obvechkin. Despite his increased point production, Zubrus was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres with Timo Helbling for Jiri Novotny and a 1st-round draft pick.

Zubrus finished his season off with the Sabres recording a career-high 24 goals and 36 assists. After only 19 regular season, and 15 playoff games played with the Sabers, Zubrus' time in Buffalo had come to an end. The free agent Lithuanian was signed by the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2007.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Pembroke Lumber Kings ON-Jr.A 28 19 13 32 73
1995-96 Caledon Canadians ON-Jr.A 7 3 7 10 2 17 11 12 23 4
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 68 8 13 21 22 +3 19 5 4 9 12
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 8 25 33 42 +29 5 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 3 5 8 25 -5
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 3 5 8 4 -3
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 14 28 42 54 -1
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 12 12 24 30 -7
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 12 1 1 2 7 -4 6 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 71 17 26 43 38 +5
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 63 13 22 35 43 +15 6 2 2 4 4
2003-04 Washington Capitals NHL 54 12 15 27 38 -16
2004-05 Russia W-Cup 4 2 1 3 4 +2
2004-05 Lada Togliatti Russia 42 8 11 19 85 10 3 1 4 22
2004-05 Lithuania WC-B 4 3 1 4 2
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 71 23 34 57 84 +3
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 60 20 32 52 50 -16
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 19 4 4 8 12 -3 15 0 8 8 8
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 13 25 38 38 +2 5 0 1 1 8
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 15 25 40 69 +6 7 0 1 1 10
2009-10 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 10 17 27 28 +4 5 1 0 1 8
2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 13 17 30 53 -11
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 17 27 44 34 +7 24 3 7 10 18
2012-13 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 2 7 9 12 -3
2013-14 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 13 13 26 46 +1
NHL Totals 1169 221 353 574 729 92 11 24 35 72


Traded to Montreal by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (Matt Carkner) in 1999 Entry Draft and NY Islanders' 6th round choice (previously acquired, Montreal selected Scott Selig) in 2000 Entry Draft for Mark Recchi, March 10, 1999. Traded to Washington by Montreal with Trevor Linden and New Jersey's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Andreas Holmqvist) in 2001 Entry Draft for Richard Zednik, Jan Bulis and Washington's 1st round choice (Alexander Perezhogin) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), July 1, 2004. Traded to Buffalo by Washington with Timo Helbling for Jiri Novotny and Buffalo's 1st round choice (later traded to San Jose - San Jose selected Nicholas Petrecki) in 2007 Entry Draft, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 3, 2007. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to wrist injury vs. NY Rangers, February 5, 2013.